Another NHL prospect is changing colleges. After entering the transfer portal two weeks ago, Blackhawks prospect Slava Demin has found his new school as Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News reports (Twitter link) that he is off to UMass after spending his first three seasons at Denver.
The 21-year-old was a fourth-round pick (99th overall) of Vegas back in 2018 and was moved to Chicago as part of the deal that also saw them acquire Malcolm Subban and a second-rounder (Drew Commesso) in exchange for Robin Lehner.
Demin was more of an offensive defenseman in his BCHL days back with Wenatchee but that hasn’t translated to the college ranks with any consistency. His career high in points came in his freshman year when he had four goals and ten assists in 41 games although he put up a slightly better point per game rate in this pandemic-shortened season with three goals and five helpers in 21 contests.
UMass has lost a couple of blueliners to the pros recently in Zac Jones (Rangers) and Marc Del Gaizo (Predators) so it stands to reason that Demin should have an opportunity to step in and play a big role right away in the hopes of securing an entry-level deal with the Blackhawks.